Therapy can benefit people with a wide range of mental health conditions. But in order to reap the benefits, it’s important to find a psychologist you connect with. Someone who makes you feel heard and validated, and will be a partner in your recovery.
How can a psychologist help?
Psychologists are trained and experienced in using evidence-based treatments to achieve the best outcomes for their clients. They focus on the thoughts, emotions, and behaviours related to a person’s specific problem and create a personalised treatment plan that supports their client and helps them live a meaningful life.
What makes a good psychologist?
Finding the right psychologist can take time, but it’s definitely worth the effort. Some of the traits a good psychologist will have, include:
Experience – the more experience a psychologist has with treating a particular condition, the more knowledge and insight they will possess. Psychologists who specialise in certain areas will most likely be up to date with the latest research and treatment options and understand what is required to help their clients achieve their therapy goals.
Empathy – a good psychologist will actively listen and engage with their clients, and make them feel understood. They will not only understand what a person is saying but will also understand what the person is not saying, and communicate this understanding in a constructive and non-judgemental way.
Problem-solving skills – a professional psychologist will resist the urge to give advice. Instead, they will listen patiently and wait for their client to open up and share their thoughts. The psychologist will then identify the problem and help their client change the harmful behaviours that are contributing to their condition.
Flexibility – psychologists who are flexible understand that everyone is different and will tailor their treatment plans to suit their individual needs. They also know that clients who are dealing with mental health issues may cancel their appointments at the last minute or require an emergency session, and make allowances in their schedule for this.
Patience – effective psychologists understand that negative behaviours cannot be unlearned quickly and that setbacks are common. Instead of telling their client how to change their behaviour, they patiently guide the client in the process of self-discovery. Clients are not coerced into changing before they are ready to do so.
Trustworthiness – psychologists show they can be trusted by emphasising confidentiality and informing clients of their privacy rights during their initial assessment. Psychologists reassure their clients that they are trustworthy by actively listening to their concerns and providing unbiased feedback that supports them in their recovery.
Psychology services to suit your needs
Finding a psychologist that you feel comfortable with is paramount to your recovery. Having a good rapport with your therapist will make you feel at ease and encourage you to share your innermost thoughts and feelings. At LiveBig, our psychologists are experts in treating a range of conditions. We provide a supportive environment to talk openly and confidentially about your concerns and offer practical advice to help you on the road to recovery.
To find out more about LiveBig’s psychology services, contact us.